Milford’s Williams will run at Division 1 Stony Brook
MILFORD - With Division 1 college athletics in her personal genetic makeup, Viankah Williams often heard about and fantasized about “the dream.”
“Seeing it come to life is just a totally different story. That’s just crazy,” beamed the Milford High track sensation.
Williams dream is now official as the senior sprinter has accepted a full scholarship to run at Division 1 Stony Brook in Long Island, N.Y., where she will join the track program while studying psychology.
“I had other offers but this just feels so right,” said Williams, who missed the indoor season with hamstring issues and didn’t get the opportunity to defend her New England championship in the long jump.
“It was a great official (visit) to start with. The girls on the team there were so honest and loving. And the coaches really cared about me throughout the whole process. That stood out.”
With the decision out of the way, Williams will return to her 100 percent commitment in the rehab process, strengthening her legs with the goal of returning to the track midway through the spring, outdoor season.
“It has been a slow process, but the results are coming fast,” said Williams, whose dad Vince played football at
It’s been tough both physically and mentally. I’ve really had to manage my stretching and running. More and more as the weeks go on, I expect it to get better.”
“I will be training on my own, and I’m going to be at as many team practices as possible. I have to focus on my physical health to get out there with my
Williams incredibly becomes the third Milford girls track athlete to head to a Division 1 track program in the last two years under coach Mike Wright.
Rebecca Durham is currently a freshman distance runner at the University of Pittsburgh. And Williams’ classmate Lauren Robinson has committed to run next year for the University of Alabama at
Chloe Trudel, a freshman at Souhegan High School representing the Saber Track Club, raced to a nine-second personal best with her 11:03.35 clocking at New Balance Indoor Nationals in New York City.
The No. 38 seed, Trudel finished sixth in her section and 21st overall.
She was the 18th US finisher among the 40 finishers in the Emerging Elite 2 Mile Run.
Trudel’s time now has her ranked first in New Hampshire, 41st in the nation and second among US high school freshmen in the two-mile this year.